Can Social Media Free People?

HootSuite VP of Business Development Greg Gunn on Fox News withCan Facebook free people? Or does it make them hostage to their social profile?

HootSuite’s Greg Gunn had the opportunity to address this very question during a recent appearance on Fox News with Stuart Varney.

His answer: it absolutely can, and does, free people.

Citing HootSuite’s experience during the Egyptian revolution, Gunn backed up his claim. HootSuite was widely used during the government crackdown when both Twitter and Facebook were blocked.

Now Facebook and other social networks are being used to spread images and stories that strengthen support for protests in the Ukraine and Venezuela, according to the Vancouver-based social media company.

“The decentralized media that Facebook represents helps give other people voices where previously they had none,” Gunn says, and Varney agreed. While news outlets like Varney’s own Fox News cover events like those happening in Ukraine, it’s the stories and images being circulated on social media that often attract global attention and support to these causes.

View the full interview here.